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Bus crash sends 2 students to hospital

A bus driver for the Beaufort County School District has been placed on leave after the bus she was driving was involved in a crash Monday morning that sent two students to the hospital.

Frederica Johnson-King was transporting five students from the Beaufort cluster of schools to Project Right Choices, the district's alternative education program for high school and middle school students, when the bus struck a vehicle that was stopped behind a stalled vehicle near the intersection of Ribaut and Hermitage roads, according to a school district news release.

All five students were checked by Beaufort County paramedics on the scene, picked up by another bus and taken to school, according to the school district. However, after arriving at school, two of the students were taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries as a precaution. Parents of all five students were notified by the school, according to the district.

Johnson-King was cited by the Beaufort Police for following too close and driving too fast for conditions, said Maj. Matt Clancy, Beaufort Police Department spokesman.

Each offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $232.50, Clancy said.

An investigation is being conducted by First Student, the private contractor hired by the school district to provide transportation services for students, said Randy Wall, spokesman for the district.

Wall said Johnson-King has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the

investigation.

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